Teachers from the Irish school St. Paul’s CBS join the teacher training course

The first Irish school to join as research partners is St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick Street. With a migrant student population of over 35%, it is hoped that the students will benefit greatly from participation in this European study.  Teachers, Ms. Valerie Roe and Mr. Ciaran Geraghty are looking forward to engaging with the ten students who will work together over the coming weeks.

E-EVALINTO project at ESAI 2018

Dr. Bernadette Sweetman and Prof. Joe O’Hara of EQI DCU presenting on the E-Evalinto project at the Educational Studies Association of Ireland 2018 conference.

The ESAI (Education Studies Association of Ireland) 41st Annual Conference took place at UCD from 5th – 7th April 2018.  The theme of this year’s conference was Values and Purpose in Education, a theme that is highly significant in the current research of the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection of Dublin (EQI).

EQI, partner of the E-EVALINTO project, were well presented with researchers from the Centre presenting seven papers at the conference as well as chairing some sessions. One of the presentations was devoted to our project topic: “Tackling early school leaving in migrant populations through peer mentoring”. An overview of the curriculum and online educational resources developed inside the project has been presented and a summary of the engagement in schools by the project participants has been outlined.

The Conference Book of Abstracts is available at http://esai.ie/conference-2018-book-of-abstracts/

 

E-EVALINTO Teacher Training Session at ITIS “Galileo Galilei” of Arezzo

On occasion of the Teacher Training Session held on the 8th March of 2018 at ITIS “Galileo Galilei” of Arezzo, Industrial and Technical School, we had the chance to see the implementation of activities of the Mentoring project. This school has experienced Oxfam Intercultural Mentoring Project since three years and it has been successful in the engagement of young students, both as mentors and mentees. The mentees comes from different parts of the world: from Africa to Asia passing through Eastern Europe. The students are at this point able to conduct their tasks with minimum supervision and there is a great trust between them and the two coordinators. All the students involved in the program demonstrated a good interest towards the new activities proposed from E-EVALINTO assignments. [Youngsters already find some “free” moments inside the normal homework timetable to interact between them about their different cultural backgrounds: we spotted a nice scene where a Chinese boy was teaching to his Italian mentor how to eat with chopstick, using two pencils and a rubber for the demonstration! A possible challenge will be there when these young people are invited to reflect on their differences in a more structured way and then to put the results into written words and finally to assess each other performances.]

In the need assessment phase, in fact, it emerged from the students a strong request for an increase in intercultural events and activities inside the school circuit. Keeping in mind the priority school needs of the students, E-EVALINTO might represents a positive chance to go deeper in the process of interculturalism and integration.  After many years concentrating in homework and after-school sessions and in addressing the academic weakness of the mentees involved, these new ludic and playful activities are a mean to even out the school differences and to bring the tutor-mentee relationship to a more personal level. E-EVALINTO activities are an enriching chance for the whole program that is already a best practice in intercultural mentoring experiences. Actually, creating stronger personal relationships between students with different backgrounds is a powerful way to prevent school drop-outs and to nourish broader intercultural sensitivity.

It is also an opportunity for teachers and trainers to learn the importance of a pre-structured evaluation mechanism, as envisaged in the project. In fact, there is a low awareness about the importance of peer assessment and self-assessment as a different way to promote personal growth. Furthermore, EVALCOMIX offers the chance to teachers and students to receive a training on the use of the digital platforms (school funds allocated to computer technology are very poor). On the side of migrant students, EVALCOMIX represents a stable mean to stay updated on the progresses of the activities even when they are abroad or busy somewhere else. In fact, it is typical for some young foreign people (for instance among the Chinese community) to go back to their Country of origin during special occasions, or to have a part-time job that sometimes make them skip afterschool activities.

 

Voices in the digital world

Shortly before Easter-time the first WYRED cycle was finished at the  “Produktionsschule Eggenburg“ in Lower Austria. At this school Young People are prepared for either continuing formal school education or for starting an apprenticeship. They are intensely supported in defining their occupational future. Highly engaged they worked on the topics, being specifically important for them in the digital world. This means that they add their specific ideas, expectations and wishes to these of the participants in the other countries and make them available to external stakeholders.

Participants from the „Produktionsschule Eggenburg, on the righ the coordinator at Eggenburg Franziska Titzmann

 

Topics for the digital future

Impressively “derkoffer1”, “zeref36” and “178” (avatar-names) for example describe the fascination gaming has for them: It turnes out that this fascination has a lot to do with being a valuable part of a community. A member of a community who is appreciated and who´s contribution to the game is regarded as a being welcomed and wanted. Amongst several other participants “Sedetka” explores environmental pollution, inequalities of the resources-distribution in the world or the issue blaming colleagues in school. So, she writes a story and tells us, how to avoid blaming and shaming. Furthermore, her poems describing good and not so good times in life in their emotionality are very touching.

High creativity

Just exemplary you find two artefacts below, indicating the high level of creativity the young people from Eggenburg have shown. One product is from Sedetka about what she is expecting for her future life. The second artefact is from “Jesseal”, who created a collage showing the dangers of nuclear power plants, being a steady real danger in the northern border region of Austria – the region where the Produktionsschule Eggenburg is located nearby.

Sedetka: My life is great

 

Jesseal: Dangers of nuclear power plants

The WYRED team wants to thank the young people from Eggenburg for their engagement, their ideas and the topics they brought in. Thereby they significantly contributed to making WYRED a success.

 

 

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E-Evalinto Transnational meeting – Dublin, March 2018

The six partner institutions of the Erasmus+ funded research project E-Evalinto met in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus on 15 – 16March 2018.  Over the two days, partners shared their experiences of how the initial pilot schools who have joined the project as research partners are progressing with the intercultural peer mentoring activities.

The research project, which aims to combat early school leaving amongst migrant students, focuses on a variety of targeted peer mentoring activities followed by a range of assessments on a purpose-built virtual campus.  Presently, a pilot group of post-primary teachers in Spain, Italy, Poland, Cyprus and Ireland are receiving training in the use of the E-EVALINTO virtual campus.

Teacher training session at the Faculty of Education – USAL

A very productive workshop took place yesterday afternoon at the USAL Faculty of Education.
María José Rodríguez Conde and Antonio M. Seoane Pardo, academic staff of the faculty and researchers of the E-EVALINTO project met teachers from two institutes of Secondary education in Salamanca, IES Venancio Blanco and IES García Bernalt, who are participating in the pilot phase of the project and a group of future teachers of the Master in Education.

The goals were to investigate the concepts of peer mentoring and e-evaluation from a methodological point of view and to start designing and implementing an intercultural mentoring programme in schools. A complete route through the E-EVALINTO Virtual Campus (Moodle platform for teacher training, tailored online spaces for the development of activities with the students of each pilot school and evaluation tools) has completed the meeting.

Thanks to all the participants for the active collaboration!

 

E-EVALINTO project presented at the University of Cádiz

Last February 23rd,  Gregorio Rodríguez Gómez, Professor of Educational Research Methods at the Didactic Department of the University of Cádiz (Spain) presented the E-EVALINTO project and its products to the UCA teachers and researchers.

The context has been a meeting convened by the Office for International Relations of the UCA for fostering the participation of academics in the Erasmus + programme, in which two “Strategic Partnership” projects have been selected as best practices.

The presentation was made not only for those attending the meeting but also through videoconference as there were teachers following the presentation from the Jerez, Puerto Real and Algeciras UCA campuses.

Download the presentation here.

Presentation of the E-EVALINTO Teacher Training Course

 

Alicia García-Holgado, from the GRIAL Research Group of the University of Salamanca, has presented the E-EVALINTO Teacher Training Course to the partners of the European project Supporting Teachers and Immigrant Students at School (STEMS) funded by the Erasmus+ programme KA2 – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices. Strategic Partnerships for school education. The presentation was part of agenda in the third meeting of the project that took place in San Javier, Murcia, on 22-23 January 2018.

E-EVALINTO presented by Alicia García-Holgado E-EVALINTO course is presented by Alicia García-Holgado

Workshop for Raising Awareness on the life of Unaccompanied Minors under the Framework of the E-EVALINTO Project

According to Eurostat (2017) in 2016, 63 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. Of the largest shares of unaccompanied minors among all young asylum applicants in 2016 was recorded notably in Cyprus, among other EU countries, reaching 32% percent. In order to promote a dialogue to schools about this issue CARDET in the framework of the E-EVALINTO project conducted a workshop on the 13th of January, 2018 at Palia Ilektriki in Pafos for raising awareness on the life of unaccompanied minors living in reception centres.  During the workshop Primary School students had the opportunity to engage in a number of activities, discuss about the issue and reflect on their views and on what each of us can do at a personal level in order to support them.

Workshop for Raising Awareness on the life of Unaccompanied Minors under the Framework of the E-EVALINTO Project

According to Eurostat (2017) in 2016, 63 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. Of the largest shares of unaccompanied minors among all young asylum applicants in 2016 was recorded notably in Cyprus, among other EU countries, reaching 32% percent. In order to promote a dialogue to schools about this issue CARDET in the framework of the E-EVALINTO project conducted a workshop on the 13th of January, 2018 at Palia Ilektriki in Pafos for raising awareness on the life of unaccompanied minors living in reception centres.  During the workshop Primary School students had the opportunity to engage in a number of activities, discuss about the issue and reflect on their views and on what each of us can do at a personal level in order to support them.